Monday, November 2, 2015

Early Voting is Thursday and Friday

Registered voters in Sequoyah County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in the Nov. 10 Special City of Sallisaw Proposition Municipal Election have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to request one, County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said.

The election is to determine if the city ordinance can be changed to allow Sequoyah Memorial Hospital to use sales tax revenue for equipment and maintenance.

“If absentee voters miss Wednesday’s deadline, they aren’t out of luck,” Osborn said.

Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the county election board office on Nov. 5 and 6. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday to assist absentee voters.

“In-person absentee voters fill out an application form when they get to the office. They are not required to give any reason for voting absentee,” Osborn said. “They are required to swear that they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling place on election day.”

According to Osborn, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information. Then, the Board issues all the appropriate ballots to the voter. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then casts them in the voting device. “It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” said Osborn.

For more information, contact the Sequoyah County Election Board at 110 E. Creek Ave. in Sallisaw. The phone number is (918) 775-2614.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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